Review: FRENZY by Casey L. Bond

Frenzy (Frenzy #1)
by Casey L. Bond

After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame.

Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness.

What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?

A viral catastrophe leaves Blackwater Colony in peril. Humans must watch out for the Infected roaming around town waiting to sink their teeth to eat them. A Rotation is held weekly to get enough food ration to starving families.

Porschia Grant is heartbroken when her sister Mercedes doesn’t make it back from Rotation and is now considered an Infected. Mercedes was their mother’s favorite child, and she blames Porschia for her sister’s tragic ending. There’s so much that Porschia yearns from her mom – food, love and attention, but she’s not getting any of it despite all her sacrifices for her family. There’s two things she needs to do before her time runs out – get married or join the Rotation.

There’s a treaty between the survivors and the night – walkers to help keep the place safe and secure. All it takes is to let vampires feed from them every night in exchange of food rations. But when two murders are discovered in a river, humans are quick to blame night walkers.

I love love love this book and I want to smack myself for not reading it sooner. Frenzy got me all frantic and frenzied and fainting. Casey Bond is such a wicked story teller.

I love so many things about this book. Where do I begin? Well, there’s the brave and truly admirable Porschia, who has suffered so much and continues to struggle with her new life by the end of the book. There’s Saul, dependable and loving and selfless Saul. I love this man, he’s got a good head on her shoulders and a good gentle heart. I couldn’t imagine anyone else perfect for Porschia.

And there’s the night-walkers, Roman and Tage. Honestly, these blood sucking entities intrigued me. Their hot and cold attitude doesn’t only confused Porschia and me, but literally gets me on the edge, and I actually can’t force myself to hate them.

Then there’s kind-hearted Mrs. Maggie Dillinger and little brother Ford who’s making me believe that humanity is still not lost in a colony of infected and undead.

Casey Bond breaks the norm when it comes to love triangles and paranormals. To be specific, there is a triangle that happens to the main characters in the book, but you don’t feel that happening because the heroine knows what’s good for her. I love how feisty and headstrong Porschia is. Katniss Everdeen could learn a thing or two about this young survivor.

I can’t further articulate how awesome this book is. It’s so different from all other paranormal books I’ve read before. Frenzy is intense and heart-pounding and hair-raising. I’m not surprised when I learned that the author recently received numerous awards for the books she’d written. Casey L. Bond is the bomb! I can’t wait to read book 2, Frantic!

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